The Egan lab and collaborators will be presenting talks, posters, and co-organizing a symposium titled “Genomics of adaptation: Linking the next generation of genome-wide analysis to understand and manage complex traits“.

Individual presentations

Immigrant inviability promotes reproductive isolation among host-associated populations of the gall wasp Belonocnema treataeLinyi Zhang (, Glen Hood1, Mattheau Comerford1, Robert Busbee2, Amanda Driscoe2, James R. Ott2 and Scott Egan1,
Rice University, Houston, TX, 2Texas State University, San Marcos, TX

Interspecific competition and temporal resource partitioning facilitate speciationGlen Hood (, Thomas Powell2, Andrew Forbes3, Scott Egan1, Alice Harada4 and Jeffrey Feder5,
Rice University, Houston, TX, 2State University of New York, Binghamton, NY, 3University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, 4University of California, San Diego, CA, 5University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN

Individual poster presentation

Texas populations of red-shouldered soapberry bug Jadera haematoloma tell a new evolutionary storyMattheau Comerford (, Scott P. Carroll2 and Scott Egan1,
Rice University, Houston, TX, 2University of California, Davis, CA

Symposium presentations
Introduction to the symposium “Genomics of adaptation: Linking the next generation of genome-wide analysis to understand and manage complex traits”Gregory Ragland (, Glen Hood2, Scott Egan2, Meredith Doellman3 and Dan Hahn4,
University of Colorado, Denver, CO, 2Rice University, Houston, TX, 3University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, 4University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

From host race to species: Genome-wide divergence parallels ecological variation within and across species in the Rhagoletis pomonella complex (Diptera: Tephritidae)Meredith Doellman (, Thomas Powell2, Katherine Inskeep1, Scott Egan3, Gregory Ragland4, Peter Meyers1, Glen Hood3, James Smith5, Stewart Berlocher6 and Jeffrey Feder1,
University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, 2State University of New York, Binghamton, NY, 3Rice University, Houston, TX, 4University of Colorado, Denver, CO, 5Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 6University of Illinois, Champaign, IL

Cynipid galler induces massive gene expression changes in oak gallEllen Martinson (, Jack Werren1 and Scott Egan2,
University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, 2Rice University, Houston, TX

Symposium description: The genomic revolution has provided unprecedented insight into the genetic/mechanistic basis of adaptations important in agricultural pests, disease vectors, and model systems for ecology and evolution. We will highlight cutting edge research in adaptation genomics, leveraging transcriptomic and genomic tools such as RNAseq, genotyping-by-sequencing, whole genome resequencing, etc., to address questions about adaptive evolution within and across species. Whether the questions are basic or applied, studies that include a genomic approach are now pushing beyond candidate genes of major effect towards characterizing the polygenic architecture of complex traits. Using empirical examples, we will highlight several technological and statistical innovations in this area that should facilitate rapid progress towards understanding the adaptive evolutionary process and harnessing genetic information to inform surveillance and management strategies.